The Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin includes approximately 17,000 words with the common meanings of the Latin terms found in church writings. Leo Stelten has put to use his years of experience teaching Latin in compiling this concise reference book.
Entries cover Scripture, Canon Law, the Liturgy, Vatican II, the early church fathers, and theological terms. This volume will prove to be an invaluable resource for theological students, as well as for those seeking to improve their knowledge of ecclesiastical Latin. An appendix also provides descriptions of ecclesiastical structures and explains technical terms from ecclesiastical law. The “Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin” has already been widely praised for its serviceability and indispensability in both academic and Church settings.
“For seminarians studying for the priesthood, the “Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin” by Leo F. Stelten will be helpful for examining Vatican documents in the original language, papal encyclicals and allocutions, publications on church liturgy, and Cannon Law volumes. This product of years of teaching, now updated, will be a happy resource in chanceries as well. The format is easy to follow and the vocabulary of some 17,000 words and phrases is quite adequate.”
–Reverend Joseph F. Downey, S. J., Editorial Director, Loyola University Press, Chicago, Illinois
“A working knowledge of Latin is important for anyone who wishes to study the nearly two thousand years of living tradition of the Catholic Church. It is essential for those who wish to study seriously the sacred sciences of philosophy, theology, and cannon law. Father Leo Stelten, drawing upon his long experiences in teaching Latin to students for the priesthood, has developed in his “Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin” a most helpful tool both for those who are beginning their study of the church’s lingua materna, as well as for those who are working to renew and improve their knowledge of church Latin.”
–Monsignor Raymond L. Burke, Supremum Signaturae Apostolicae Tribunal, Vatican City, Rome